The sequel to 2010's "Kick-Ass," which had seemed unlikely at times, is finally moving forward, with Universal Pictures in talks with Matthew Vaughn to make and distribute the superhero comedy. Stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are expected to reprise their roles.
Deadline confirms that Vaughn, who directed and co-wrote the original film, based on the Marvel/Icon miniseries by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., won't helm the follow-up because of his commitment to Fox's "X-Men: First Class" sequel. Instead, he'll produce, and has handpicked Jeff Wadlow ("Cry Wolf," "Never Back Down") to direct.
"Vaughn is the toughest judge I have ever met. He's a strictly no-bullshit guy," Millar wrote on his message board. "He told me he had his eye on Jeff for this eighteen months back. He knows what he's doing. His track record speaks for itself. And the script is seven shades of fantastic. I'm very, very happy."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vaughn also wrote the script (Deadline credits Wadlow), which adapts Millar and Romita's "Kick-Ass 2" miniseries as well as the upcoming "Hit-Girl" spinoff. The plan is to begin production by September.
Vaughn raised the $28 million himself to make "Kick-Ass," which went on to gross $103 million worldwide. Romita said over the weekend that the sequel is being eyed for a May 2013 release.